Auto Giants and BDS Movement: Navigating Controversy

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian society leading the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, appreciates the support from activists, organizations, and institutions worldwide. This support is crucial in our ongoing efforts to halt the unfolding crisis in Gaza by increasing boycott and divestment actions. Strategic boycotts of companies involved with Israel can be impactful.

Putting an end to all forms of support, whether from states, automotive corporations, or auto sponsors, for Israel’s harmful actions is now more urgent than ever. Our lives and well-being directly rely on taking meaningful steps in this direction.

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Key Automotive Sponsors Targeted by the BDS Movement

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Here are some sponsor companies in the automotive industry that are included in the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement list.

Siemens (Germany)

Siemens (Germany) is the main contractor for the Euro-Asia Interconnector, an Israel-EU submarine electricity cable that is planned to connect Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory to Europe. Siemens-branded electrical appliances are sold globally.


PUMA (Germany) sponsors the Israel Football Association, which governs teams in Israel’s illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land.


US fossil fuel multinational Chevron is the main international corporation extracting gas claimed by apartheid Israel in the East Mediterranean. Chevron generates billions in revenues, strengthening Israel’s war chest and apartheid system, and exacerbating the climate crisis.

HD Hyundai/Volvo/CAT/JCB

Machinery from HD Hyundai (South Korea), Volvo (Sweden/China), CAT (US), and JCB (UK) has been used by Israel in the ethnic cleansing and forced displacement of Palestinians through the destruction of their homes, farms, and businesses, as well as the construction of illegal settlements on land stolen from them, a war crime under international law.

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When Russia invaded Ukraine, insurance giant AXA (France) took targeted measures against it. Yet, as Israel, a 75-year-old regime of settler-colonialism and apartheid, wages a genocidal war on Gaza, AXA continues to invest in Israeli banks financing war crimes and the theft of Palestinian land and natural resources.

Additional resources: To learn more about companies complicit in Israel’s abuses of Palestinian human rights visit Israeli brand checkerIsraeli Food Brands, and the UN database of companies involved in Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise.

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